US needs September 'shutdown' to fix Senate 'mess'

President Donald Trump seems unhappy with the bipartisan spending agreement struck by congressional negotiators, pushing Tuesday for Senate Republicans to remove the legislative filibuster and calling for a government shutdown later this year.

"(We) either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent.

The Senate requires 60 votes to end debate for nearly any bill and Republicans only have a 52-48 edge.

But while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was willing to deploy the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate rules and allow Trump's Supreme Court nominee to advance with a simple majority vote, he and other Republicans have indicated that they are not inclined to lower the voting threshold to overcome a filibuster for legislation.

For starters, Trump and Mulvaney are insisting Congress actually pass an annual budget - something it has consistently failed to do in recent years.

Donald Trump has said the USA government "needs a good shutdown" to fix a "mess" in the Senate, signalling on Twitter his displeasure with a bill to keep operations running. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday most of the senators now do not want to do away with the 60-vote threshold needed to stop filibusters on most legislation.

"We are building this now", Mulvaney said.

"We brought lawmakers together from both sides of the aisle to deliver a budget that funds the rebuilding of the United States military, makes historic investments in border security and provides health care for our miners and school choice for our disadvantaged children", the president said of the deal, which was reached by Congress late Sunday night.

A deal that does not include several provisions sought by Mr Trump, including money for a border wall.

One wish Trump may get is his wish for new Republicans in the Senate after 2018, as 10 Democrats are running in states he won previous year.

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Last Thursday, Trump had tweeted that Democrats were threatening to close national parks as part of the negotiations "and shut down the government". He has stopped pressing Congress to fund the wall this go around, saying he would wait until September to ask Congress for a down payment.

"All right", Mulvaney told reporters at one point.

President Trump talks with reporters as he walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, today. "I don't anticipate a shutdown in September, but if the Democrats aren't going to behave any better than they have in the last couple of days, it may be inevitable", Mulvaney told a news briefing.Democrats - and some Republicans - quickly denounced Trump's musings about closing the federal government over the spending fight.

On Monday, in an interview with Bloomberg News, Trump said "We're very happy with it" and he did not want to see a shutdown, at least not this month.

Trump prodded Republicans in the Senate to end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations as early as February 1, less than two weeks after taking office.

  • Hannah Rogers